Benefits of Cocoa Butter

Posted: Apr 10 2014

Cocoa butter is one of my favorite gourmet ingredients to create with.  I call it "gourmet" because indeed it is a culinary delight for desserts and skin care products.  It has a rich, chocolatey, buttery aroma, but it offers so much more for the skin than scent. 

What is Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter comes from the cacao bean which is found inside the cocoa pod that grows on from the cacao tree. (pronounced ca-cow) The cocoa pod is a large gourd-shaped fruit an inside, 30 to 40 cocoa seeds are found. These seeds must be fermented in banana leaves, dried, roasted and pressed, releasing the vegetable fat from the beans, which we know as cocoa butter.

  • Antioxidants: Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals. Free radicals are causes of skin stressers and signs of aging.
  • Stretch Mark Reducer: Cocoa butter is widely noted to help reduce stretch marks.  The secret tip of using cocoa butter is shared with every pregnant woman in the world. And many women claimed regular use of cocoa butter was what kept their stretch marks away.
  • Deep Hydration: Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and is an exceptional moisturizer that deeply hydrates for all skin types.
  • Sensitive Skin Healer:  Cocoa butter has been noted to help skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.

What products use this delectable ingredient?  Our Kilimanjaro body and face bar soap uses 20% raw, unrefined cocoa butter in our blend.  It's great for lathering and shaving and this bar soap can be used for both face and body. 

 

Our Kilimanjaro body butter uses a blend of whipped cocoa butter, shea butter and grape seed oil.  It melts at body temperature and can be used on all skin types including baby skin. 

Use it for dry and cracked skin.
Use it for damaged or parched skin.
Use it as a lip balm before a smooch.
Use it on your feet.
Use it for massage.
Use it for cuticles.
You can even use it on your pregnant belly.

There you have it!  Enjoy!

-Melanie